Thursday, December 15, 2011

Know Your Farmer - Know and Trust Your Food!

Cattle Brand Inspections, Livestock Inspections, Verifications, Certifications & Traceability!!

Rainbow Ranch Farms is a private group of farm members, volunteers, participants, friends, family and neighbors.. breeding, growing, raising, producing and processing premium, grassfed, grazed, pastured livestock/meats.

About transparency and traceability: Our members know what it is we (as a group) do, how we do it, and why. There are certain things that laws and regulations require us to do, like livestock inspections, National Organic Program verification, DNA testing for registered breeds, USDA and CDFA Inspections, Health and safety Inspections, label and claims verifications and all records for review, just to name few.

We thank all of our members who took part in all our inspections this past year!

We do not lease B.L.M. Pastures or government graze land, we only work within our own private member base for all operations! We work very closely with our family, friends & farm members.

Thank you to all our wonderful family, friends & members who made 2011 an awesome year for sustainable, organic farming.

Livestock "BRAND" inspections apply to"cattle only" in California when they are bought, sold, traded, moved to/from rotational pastures, transported to slaughter plants etc.. The livestock "Brand" Inspector inspects each head and records cattle coming/going and checks to make sure all the ownership paperwork is in order, makes certain that the cattle are not stolen etc. We must show proper records and he/she inspects the brands(if any) of the cattle.

Reputable cattle and livestock producers follow legal Federal, State and County protocols, laws and regulations.

Livestock verifications and Inspections can apply to all livestock breeding by private party and by registered associations. Livestock Inspection is not to be confused with livestock "BRAND" Inspection, which is for only cattle, in California.

Rainbow Ranch Farms provide our family, members, friends, neighbors and consumers with details of how to manage our herds and flocks, our feeds and feed sources, and our pasture/ range management techniques and protocols. This makes it easy for our volunteers, family, members and friends to help and work on R.R.F. farms and ranches, with ease.

Here at Rainbow Ranch Farms, farm members, family and friends volunteer to operate the farms and ranches, assuring that all our consumers and members work with the animals that will be feeding their precious family, and understand why we follow EXTREME,strict breeding, feeding, growing, processing, hauling and humane handling protocols "Second to none".

Thank you for being so supportive, helping wrangle, farrowing, lambing, calving, cleaning, processing, hauling, etc.. etc.. We could not do it without you!! Thank you!

Not all farmers/ranchers are the same, this is what makes the world go around. Something for everyone! We are small, family "rural" farm with limited openings for membership opportunity.

For example: We raise purebred/pedigree cattle, Irish Dexters, Lowline Angus (NOT HYBRID), Lowline Herefords and various English and French breeds and crosses. In order to market or claim that beef as what it is we have to follow strict guidelines, laws, regulations and verification protocols.

The same is true for grass fed, pastured, grazed and grass/pasture finished. There are guidelines, laws and regulations that must be followed to "legally" make these claims. Grass fed does not necessarily mean grass finished, however grass or pasture finished does mean grass fed (most of the time).

When our livestock go to market or to slaughter there are several different ways we do it. If that animal is to be custom processed for farm members, neighbors, family and freinds, the mobile butcher/processor comes to the ranch, home-farm or pasture and dresses the stock on site, or we take (haul) it to a custom processing plant, then the carcass is hauled in a refrigerated truck to the butcher of choice for cut and wrap.

If a member has requested U.S.D.A. Inspected, (required when sold to the general public) Kosher or Halal, we transport to a USDA Inspected slaughter plant, which is also humane handling and certified organic, for processing, as per our member's request.

When cattle, hogs, lambs and goats are being sold at a retail point and offered to the general public via butcher shop, market etc.. they are processed at a USDA Inspected facility(certified organic and humane handling) and transported without breaking U.S.D.A. Inspection and/or traceability protocol.

Meat intended to be sold at a retail store, farmers market, health food store, butcher shop or via-internet, to the general public, must be U.S.D.A. Inspected and Processed under U.S.D.A. Inspection and bear a Federally Inspected stamp. These facilities must be licensed and inspected by the C.D.F.A., U.S.D.A. and/or Department of Environmental Health or the product is not legal for retail or wholesale sale to the general public.

Meats that are USDA inspected and processed here in California for sale to the General Public, are available in multiple forms: whole carcass, primal cuts, unpackaged in a display case, vacuum sealed or butcher paper wrapped with a U.S.D.A. Inspected label and safe handling instructions on the shipping container or on each individual piece.

It is against the law to adulterate any meat label.

Here at Rainbow Ranch Farms we grow, raise and process heritage and rare/endangered breeds of livestock. Our farm members are directly involved in every aspect of Rainbow Ranch Farms operations and protocols. We, as a group, back up our claims with verifiable paperwork, our own eyes and inspections. Just because a turkey has Spanish Black, Bourbon Red, or Eastern Wild colors, doesn't make it a purebreed "registerable" Heritage Breed. There must be proof (sometimes D.N.A. tests too)that the turkey, hog, cattle, lamb, chicken, duck etc.. is what it is claimed it to be.

Here at Rainbow Ranch Farms we are fortunate to have developed our own "Terroir" heritage breeds also, which are now available as farm choice.

All claims must be verified by a governing agency or entity (Heritage Breeds, free range, pastured, no corn, no soy, no wheat, no G.M.O's no barley, no grains, Gluten-free, fresh, freshly frozen etc.) or they can't be marketed or claimed as such.

A LITTLE TID-BIT FACT:Some cross breeds can carry the Heritage claim. The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy is a great source (not the only source) for learning about heritage breeds.

Thank you for getting us verified.. For Free!!
Rainbow Ranch Farms is a verified source for pure meats: Heritage breeds, free range, grass fed, pastured, grazed, No corn, No soy, No wheat, No barley, No grains, No G.M.O's, humane handing, using our own Certified Organic, species specifc feeds and fodder, and Gluten-Free! no vaccines, no medications, no antibiotics, no steroids, no hormones, no pesticides, no herbicides!

Just PURE and delicious Premium, gourmet meats!!

Because of all our wonderful family, friends, members and inspectors we now have several farms where we grow our heritage livestock. Our C.S.A. continues to grow into a joint effort and we can not imagine anything better than that. We have been blessed with a wonderful group of like minded people.

Our gourmet, premium and PURE meats are available online through our various websites, participating websites, select health food stores, specialty butcher shops, various co-op's, through several catering services, direct at the home-farm (Pick-Up, and we offer shipping direct to your doorstep).

Our meats are also available in Utah, Arizona and Nevada!!

Although we work closely with the U.S.D.A.compliance Inspectors, livestock Inspectors, and the C.D.F.A. we are not U.S.D.A., C.D.F.A. inspectors or Health department workers or specialists. All above statements are from our own interpretations and understandings. Please consult with your local federal and state agency for accurate legal regulations and laws!! or visit

We had a great 2011 year! and we thank all our volunteers, participants, members, family, peeps and neighbors.

We thank all our wonderful livestock inspectors, Brand inspectors, U.S.D.A. and C.D.F.A. inspectors and we look forward to yet another year of growing premium, gourmet, pure meats.

Remember, If you don't know your farmer/rancher, you are not part of a true C.S.A. program!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Heritage Cattle & Birthing At The Farm & Ranch

Jasper drops her calf at 7:20am on 11/23/2011 and it's a girl. Jasper is a pedigree, registered Dexter and calf is a white face, so cute. Here they were in the birthing chamber for the first 3 days and it was quite cold. Now they are all over the place.

Jasper is a great mother and is 12 years old.
The calf was named "Jasmine"

Jasmine, 1 minute old: born in the middle of the property, just after a cold and wet spell.

Now baby David and the Heritage, Lowline Angus calf/steers have another friend to play with.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Calving At Rainbow Ranch Farms

BEHOLD, a pure breed, pedigree Dexter calf born on 11/03/2011 at 1:20pm and weighed 45lbs.

within 10-15 minutes of being born, this beauty was standing, walking and jumping!

The Dam: a registered, pure breed, pedigree Dunn Dexter.

The Sire: a registered, pure breed, pedigree Black Dexter.

To save a calf and his Dam we called upon the troups for help (from Davis, CA. clear down to San Diego, CA.), our friends, various Veterinarians, family, farm members, volunteers, fellow ranchers and farmers: John Buccanan (Veterinarian, cattle/horse rancher/livestock management), Keith Betar (Race horses/cattle rancher/farmer/livestock mamagement & breeder), Sue Betar (pediatric nurse, race horses,cattle rancher/livestock management & breeder), Mary (goat farmer, M.H./livestock management & breeder), David Shirley (business man, volunteer, farm member, Restaurateur/livestock birthing coach), Carl (pasture management specialist, cattle/horse rancher/animal science & livestock breeder), Dennis Kelley (cattle rancher, farmer, livestock management & livestock breeder), Xenia (animal science, M.H., cattle rancher, farmer, livestock management/humane handling consultant & livestock breeder), Jaime Sinclair (humane handling consultant, veterinarian, sheep farmer, ruminant specialist & livestock breeder)and Scott Way (cattle rancher, animal science, horse rancher, livestock management and breeding).

Team work (with specialists)at Rainbow Ranch Farms for over 10 days & nights.

This was a difficult calving and compications started over 10 days before the calving. The Dam was lost, despite the round-the-clock efforts of many specialists. This was a heart break to be felt for a lifetime. Midge was a graceful heifer and had a gentle dispostion.

Her first birthing, and she was carrying twins. The initial preg-check did not detect the second calf, had the Veterinarians known, they would have taken a different/alternative approach. Midge was in well experienced & capable hands throughout this entire ordeal, yet she could not be saved. She was kept very comfortable and did not suffer.

She was well fed, hydrated and kept warm, clean, safe and comfortable. Thank you to all the wonderful people who assisted. Had it not been for all you wonderful folks, we would have lost both the heifer and the calf.

Our approach was to do ANYTHING & EVERYTHING to save her and the calf.

In both horses and cattle it is common practice to pinch off one of the twins to help prevent self absorbtion (especially on a first time birthing), but in this case the second calf went undetected in the initial preg-check.

It was a miracle the Dam held on as long she did and calved a beautiful, healthy calf. The Dam passed away within 3 hours of calving.

Currently the calf is in the laundry room, sleeping on moving blankets, being bottle fed raw goat milk. I was able to extract some of the mothers cholostrum and although it was not abundant, it will do. Thank God We have plenty of A-2 colostrum and milk here on the farm.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Calves, Box Truck, Kunekune, FFL, Lambs+


3:37am, gearing up for California, state livestock inspection(cattle)today on pasture. Dennis and the pros(Jacob, Leo and Sarah..tee-hee) will be moving, hauling and pulling calves. Rainbow Ranch Farms have added Lowline Angus and Lowline Hereford cattle to the herd of Dexters, Limousin, Charolais, Jerseys, Holsteins and crosses. 3 of the Lowline Angus, bull calves will be coming here to the home front.

Rainbow Ranch Farms is planning on moving cattle herd closer to the home front(within a 200 mile radius). If any member has pasture land available for the farm members herd, please let me know.

The farm needs another/upgraded truck for hauling the livestock trailer, the 69 Ford is not what it used to be (but, still ticking), if you or someone you know has a truck for Rainbow Ranch Farms, it is needed.

Rainbow Ranch Farms needs to borrow/utilize a small box truck for the month of November, we are happy to trade for rent or usage. If you or anyone you know, has one for the farm to use for November, please let me know 1-760-868-6206.

F.F.L. 1-A:
F.F.L. 1-A please renew at farm pick-up for 2012.
Starting in 2012, the farm is considering offering pick-up on both the first Saturday and the first Sunday of each month, in an effort to offer members more open and flexible options.

Volunteers needed to process all the Coq-Au-Vin/soup/stew/broth roosters. They are HUGE!! and the last ones I harvested were weighing 5-7lbs each.

Kunekune Pigs:
More Kunekune pigs are scheduled to come to the farm before January, get your subscriptions in for luau and oven roasters.

Thank you to keith, Dennis, David S., the kids, Sirpa and Kristin for being such a tremendous help on the last Kunekune (luau) processing day, last week. What a task! LOL-LOL.

Rainbow Ranch Farms pure breed Saint Croix and Black Barbado sheep on pasture: 3 ewes have dropped lambs, the girls that are here on the home front will have another tup coming soon! The Dorper crosses will be ready for processing in the Spring of 2012.

Tender and delicious Quail will be available exclusively at L.G. Meats.

Starting 2012, Rainbow Ranch Farms will have a limited supply of heritage turkey available all year!

FREE - Mulch, Compost, Manure - FREE
Farm members are always welcome to pick up mulch, manure and compost from the decomposing section. This is a combination of decomposing poultry, game bird, cattle, hog and sheep manure, bedding materials, feathers, blood meal and a rich blend of all farm organic matter. Perfect for your garden, fruit trees, flower beds and farm. Call for pick-up, bring a shovel and some happy helpers.

The farm is currently moving the hot stuff to the front growing bed area for curing. Always select from the back 40.

I need more coffee!!

Friday, October 21, 2011

About Our Farm Members: Thank you!

Thank you to our volunteers, participants and farm members for making great things happen!

Some of R.R.F. volunteers, consultants & helpers: Dave V., Tom N., June N., Sherry G., Stephan G.,Sirpa, Karen, Kristen P., Craig R. & Gary, Angel G., Gloria P., Keith, Sue, Lesley S., David S., Mary E., Zoubeda (and whole family), Andrew, Dennis K., Julia V., Johnny L., Albert S., Katherine B., Mike & CC M., David B., Carl, All the beautiful/helpful children... and the list will require it's very own website, to continue, THANK YOU! xoxoxo

Our new door, stretching netting, improving/erecting fencing, Processing & packaging poultry & luau hogs, pulling calves, hauling cattle, cleaning coops, building livestock housing/shelters & the honey shack, organizing the butchering barn, raking & moving manure. Sheep and lamb management, direct livestock care and making Rainbow Ranch Farms the #1 "working" member, volunteer and "participant operated" farm in California and probably the U.S.A.
Thank you for all the wonderful gifts and sharing delicious goodies, mm-mm-nn..Artisan cookies, breads, baked goods, homemade root beer, ginger ale & broth, home grown Pomegranates, lemons, herbs, giant garlic, Organic coconut products, roasted and smoked chickens, living baskets, tomatoes & broth, Artisan cheese, BBQ sauces, tooth powders, heirloom seeds and starter plants, T-shirts and homemade table savers for hot pots, and so much more... XOXOXOX
Rainbow Ranch Farms, where we all know, trust and love each other. We know our farmers, know our butchers, know our processors and know our food. Woooo-Hoooo!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Coq-Au-Vin - Roosters

Roosters are ready! Members, you are welcome to process your own. These are the big boys,and perfect for Coq-Au-Vin, slow roasting, stew, soups, broth and stock. Call to schedule your processing time and date: 1-760-868-6206.

Monday, September 5, 2011

The Future Of Food
I watched this for the 4th time. It is available on and on

Friday, September 2, 2011

Cajon Fire!!

If the cajon fire keeps you off the freeway on Saurday, that's okay, we will be here on Sunday for you! Be careful!!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

KCRW 89.9FM 12 noon today

‎5:36am and good morning...

Rainbow Ranch Farms has been invited to participate on KCRW.COM-89.9FM - Listen LIVE, Pod Cast, Streaming ++ Airs @ 12 Noon TODAY Thursday, Spetember 1st 2011.

Show will be talking tomatoes, home cooking and range chicken, well (RRF) range chicken.

There will be very exciting guests, sporting knowledge, fun facts and experience.

The professionals be talking tomatoes and home cooking. Please tune-in, will be fun and informative.

Rainbow Ranch Farms will promise to offer stuttering, dead air space, ummm, hmmnn and mixed up facts.. TEEE-HEEE...

Thank you, Erika, Amelia, Katie, Warren and KCRW 89.9FM. Rainbow Ranch Farms is proud and honored to have been considered and invited to participate in this show.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Castrating Pigs - Grass Fed -GRASS FARMERS


Castrating pigs can sometimes be necessary, depending on what the future plans for that particular pig are.
Castration is not always necessary to produce delicious pork.

An experienced hog grower, while managing a small herd, can grow delicious boar, in addition to RAINBOW RANCH FARMS, DA LE RANCH IN LAKE ELSINORE,CA. GROWS DELICIOUS BOARS ALSO.

Pigs enjoy grasses, fruits, vegetables, root crops, rotting carcasses and pretty much everything in between.

When growing hogs organically, biodynamically and naturally, by permaculture methods, it is important to have a strong understanding of the moon cycle, numerology, building, earth science, livestock, health, proper diet, nutrition, feeding and species specific knowledge and experience.

Very few (count them on 1 hand) farmers are grass based (in the U.S.A.) and only 2% of the population are small family farms today.

Many folks (including faux farmers (resellers)) see a trend or lifestyle growing in popularity (paleo, Atkins, raw, organic etc), or see an opportunity to take advantage of organic consumers, and jump on a soap box or band wagon to make an extra dollar, all while lacking ethical business practices, experience, knowledge or being under investigation for fraud.

As a consumer, you are responsible for taking a long hard look at your farmer, their history, and checking their reputation, in an effort to make an educated (common sense) decision regarding their mental, sociological and physical capabilities, AGAIN “PHYSICAL CAPABILITIES”.

Farming, in general is very laborious and hard, physical work. If your farmer does not have a [bad] attitude, they are not really farming.

Growing hogs, cattle, poultry, sheep, lamb, goats and other livestock on a free range and grass based methodology; takes a lot of time, MONEY, skill, MONEY, know-how, MONEY, creativity, MONEY, volunteers, MONEY, labor, MONEY, resources, MONEY, energy and MONEY. It is a group effort.

You may read on the internet from unreliable, inexperienced or faux farmers (if you FB or TWEET in those circles) that hogs and poultry do not eat grass, or cattle, lamb and goats cannot be finished on grass.

These claims are made by folks that get free spent barley from breweries, getting cheap, old sack grains, and in other words "garbage" that lacks proper specie-specific nutritional content and collecting unsold popcorn and meat from the farmers market, to feed their newly aquired little piglets and sheep.

Has anyone STOPPED to ask where this faux-farmer has been aquiring pork, lamb, beef and poultry from, all these years to sell at farmers markets and more recently to crossfitness gym members? Well, we do know! and it's not pretty. And for the next 10 years they will be doing the same thing.

These faux farmers (my new word, and it should cause a buzz, watch for it online)(who live in glass houses)also are known to feed their livestock actual home garbage (plastic, styrofoam, cardboard, McDonald's and Jack In The Box left-over's and backed-up sewage, as well as lama, horse manure and cigarette butts, dipped in soda and beer).

RAINBOW RANCH FARMS is a reliable, clean and ethical source of grass fed, premium and gourmet meats, and we have many volunteers and farm members participating in our farming practices. Some members operate urban farms, many have taught Rainbow Ranch Farms, a thing or two, and RRF is still gaining knowledge daily. This is a group effort.

Rainbow Ranch Farms is blessed to have a group of members, friends, family, neighbors and participants to include nurses, farmers, ranchers, nutritionists, soap makers, chefs, economists, writers, teachers, labor workers, college and university professors and specialists in horticulture, permaculture, botanical sciences, animal sciences, veterinarians, doctors, lawyers, homemakers, artists, biologists, feed and nutrition, species specific specialists and many, many more.

As a collective group, we work together to grow the highest quality, gourmet and premium meat, on any market today.

Rainbow Ranch Farms has been included in many productions, including documentaries, commercials, RAIDS, films and dance-off’s. Some of our livestock have been employed by Foley artists and calendar photographers. Some of the livestock featured have already been consumed.

We are the only verified-source, farm, growing free range, grass fed, heritage breeds, WITHOUT the use of corn, soy, barley, oats, wheat, and G.M.O's.

Our official verifications occurred after a faux farmer (currently under investigation for fraud), made false claims about many farms, health food markets, farmer market vendors, artisans and small butcher shops within their area, all while trying to get them shut-down, in a continuing fit of extreme jelousy and vengeance.

grass based operation, growing heritage breeds (including, rare and endangered livestock), free range, grass based, grass fed, humane handling and NO corn, NO soy, NO wheat, NO barley, NO G.M.O's and YES!! GLUTEN-FREE

When poultry are FREE-RANGE, they are scratching, digging up bugs and grubs and searching through pig and cattle pooh for goodies and yummies.
This does not mean that a farmer feeds pig pooh to their range poultry.

When pigs are free range, they root and root, and dig up the gardens and crops... everything!! If a young, small chicken walks past a 450lb hog and is too slow to move from under her chin... That chick might get SWALLOWED.
This does not mean that a farmer feeds live chicks to their range pigs.

Join the Rainbow Ranch Farms network today and participate in our co-op. Do you make artisan goods? Join us today and offer your wonderful products to our group.

When a person is talking out of their stinky side, and trying to hurt good, honest farmers, insulting consumers, vendors, shop keepers, C.S.A's and co-op's, on an ecologically correct MISSION, you just have to write something.

We have been contacted by local media, Dancing with the stars, Housewives of Riverside County, and the DMV wanting to learn of our sources and reasons for living(but we have none). So, as a group, we decided to offer our sources and information, because the public has a right to know!

Contributors to this article include, Paul K., Therese E. and Eliza M.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

We are on KNX1070am @12:13pm Today

Just interviewed by KNX 1070am radio, Hostess: Kathy Kiernan. Show will air on theradio today around 12:13pm and can also be heard on

Monday, July 25, 2011

Paleo Diet: Smart eating or latest fad? by YahooGreen

By Michael d'Estries, Mother Nature Network
More from Guest Bloggers blog

In the quest for optimum health and weight, should humans consider looking back at what their ancestors consumed? That's the theory proposed by the "Paleo Diet" (aka, Caveman Diet), which recommends taking cues from the age of hunters and gatherers and leaving some of our modern food groups behind.
The idea is simple: You eat a diet that's gluten-free, but rich in lean, organic meats, fish, poultry, eggs, vegetables, fruit and nuts. As much as possible should be sourced locally. You exclude grains, legumes, dairy products, salt, refined sugar and processed oils.

All of this measures up to a eating regimen that, according to Loren Cordain, professor of health and exercise at Colorado State University, is a "powerful way to normalize health and well-being."

Cordain is joined by thousands of others who have found similar success on the Paleo — with the site Whole9 providing perhaps the best description of the benefits saying:

"Eating like this is good for maintaining a healthy metabolism, and reducing inflammation within the body. It’s been doing great things for my energy levels, body composition and performance in the gym. It also helps to minimize my risk for a whole host of lifestyle diseases and conditions, like diabetes, heart attack and stroke."WebMD, which always does a decent job of uncovering the truth behind these diets, quizzed a bunch of health specialists who agreed that better health can be achieved on the Paleo, but still believe moderation is the key to overall well-being.

"People who eat diets high in whole grains, beans, and low-fat dairy tend to be healthier because these foods are nutrient-rich and there are mountains of research about the health benefits of diets that include, not exclude, these foods,” Keith Ayoob, EDd, RD, and assistant professor at New York's Albert Einstien School of Medicine told the site.

That "mountains of research" bit touched upon by Ayoob is one of the problems facing the Paleo from gaining more scientific backing. There just haven't been enough large studies to satisfy experts; which is one of the main reasons why U.S. News & World Reports ranked the diet nearly dead last in every category for its first ever "Best Diets" report.

"For the Paleo Diet, additional evidence is needed to show conclusively whether or not it is as effective as some people hypothesize," Ben Harder, general manager of Health and Science at the magazine told ABC News. "The most relevant studies have been small, as our published review of the Paleo Diet indicates. We hope researchers will publish more — and larger — studies on the Paleo Diet so that health experts, including our expert panel, have more evidence to consider in the future."

Still interested in giving the Paleo a shot? Wikipedia has some great background information on the diet — while the official site can get you started on meal plans and other advice

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Harvest Today! Cattle, Hog & Lamb: Join Us

Cattle, Hog & Lamb harvest today, Thursday July 21st. All members interested in participating, are welcome. Meet the custom, mobile processor, ask questions, see how it is done for all of us. Arrive no later than 1pm.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Free Manure, Mulch

Free organic matter, manure/mulch (mixed, cattle, hog, sheep, poultry + bedding) for all farm members.

We use it to build our crop and pasture growing beds. Excellent for winterizing trees, plants, hedges and roses in cold zones. Bring shovel and you are welcome to it!

Call: 1-760-868-6206

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Lamb Tail Docking Inhumane, Cruel, Unnecessary

This is ugly, if you have a weak stomach, please do not read, how most lambs are treated before going to the dinner table.

Here is the complete and original article:

Before being slaughtered the infant lambs will have a number of horrific procedures carried out on them.

Remember: Always be certain that your lamb was humanely treated, before giving money to further the abuse of innocent animals, especially livestock that we use and grow for food. It is important to respect the life and harvest of all livestock.

At only a few days old all the male lambs will be castrated. Usually they will have an extremely tight plastic ring placed around their genitalia, this cuts off the blood supply and the reproductive organ subsequently withers and falls off. This is excruciatingly painful and is done with out pain killers or anesthetic. In older lambs the scrotum will be cut open and the testes extracted. This is all done to make the meat tenderer as well as to control the temperament of the child and accelerate his growth.

The babies will also have their ears tagged by piercing and under go “tail docking”, this is when the tail is either cut off or has an extremely tight plastic ring placed on it which like the castration causes the tail to shrivel and fall off. The docking is meant to prevent parasitic infections but there is little scientific evidence to suggest that it is effective.

Older sheep may also have their horns removed whilst the lambs will be disbudded. These are all agonizing and unnecessary operations often carried by non-expert staff with no sanitization or medication. Some young lambs are so terrorized by the castration that they subsequently go into shock and stop suckling, they eventually die from starvation beside their distraught mothers.

Tags: tail lamb unnecessary inhumane sheep cruel docking

Friday, January 21, 2011


Field harvest on Monday, January 24th, 2011, in the morning.

Food For Life 1-A members, this is one of your cows for February "BEEF SHARES", we are harvesting 2 for you, 1 steer has already been done (yesterday) and is at the butcher shop for hang, cut and wrap, the other is a hiefer, she will be harvested here on the farm.

After our custom processor has finished, Dennis will then transport the carcass to the butcher shop for hang, cut and wrap.

You are welcome to join us. Please let me know if you are coming up to share this morning with us, so I may prepare some bevarages and enough seating.

Know your food is always free range, grass fed, heritage breed and humanely treated.

Friday, January 14, 2011

About Caponization

A surgical procedure performed on 2 week old baby chicks (males, Cocks), where a slice is made to the ribcage into the chicks cavity (while awake), to access the young chicks testicles. A sharp instrument is then inserted into the cavity of the baby chick, and both testicles are ripped and cut out.

No anethesia is offered! In many countries this procedure is outlawed, and for good reasons; It is completely, and utterly cruel, inhumane and dangerous.

Some farmers do this to get their birds to grow faster, instead of focusing on their hormones, the birds are busy growing.

Once birds have been caponized, they must be given antibiotics in their water to prevent infection. many die from shock, during the procedure, and shortly after the procedure, if they are not given antibiotics, they surely do die of septic poisoning, infection and complications as a result of this type of (do-it-yourself) surgical procedure.

Here, at Rainbow Ranch Farms, we do not offer capons, not ever! All our birds are grown naturally, with all their parts; grown with respect and kindness. We believe that growing meat naturally and humanely, the end result is superb and offers a most superior flavor.